Henrietta Rae, a painter of portraits and nude and semi-nude classical subjects, was born in London on 30th December 1859. In 1872 she entered the Queen’s Square School of Art and in 1874, began to study the antique galleries of the British Museum during the day and at Heatherley’s School of Art in the evening. Three years later and after five unsuccessful attempts, she was accepted into the RA schools and studied there for seven years. In 1884, she married Ernest Normand, also an artist, but continued to use her maiden name in her professional capacity.
Henry Musgrave was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. He then served an apprenticeship with Messrs Finlay of Corporation Street and went into partnership with his brother Edgar as a tea and sugar merchant. He was involved with a number of other businesses, being chairman of the Bloomfield Land and Building Company, the Carrickfergus Salt Mining Company and the Donegal Railway Company Ltd among others. He was also a member of Belfast Chamber of Commerce, a governor of the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and a life governor and member of the board of management of the Royal Victoria Hospital.
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